Well I'm back. Life has been very busy and crazy for me over the past two months. I've had to deal with family issues, work issues, moving, job hunting, you name it. Sadly, I've had to pack it up and move across the country again. It was very depressing to leave the Bay Area again. The last time I left, I was working for Sun Microsystems before any "Riffs" were even imagined, and "Donut day" was still around. I am glad I had a chance to live in San Francisco, I definitely left my heart there. Hopefully when my son grows up and moves out, we'll move back to the city.
So anyways, I have time to catch up on stuff and it's nice to take a break from things. I've just finished downloading build 48 of Solaris Express. So this weekend I'll get to do the jumpstart shuffle again to get everything updated. I have to also get ready to participate in the Solaris 10 Update 3 beta and the JES beta. Not to mention restoring and re-installing a lot of stuff. Luckily, I have my ZFS USB drive to help make that a little faster;)
I'm trying to work out a time for the other community leaders on my OpenSolaris project to get together and plan things out. We've all been in limbo for a while because of work, vacations, etc. So now it's time to get back on track. Lots of stuff to do!
Last night I sat in on the SVOSUG conference call for the presentation for Trusted Extentions. Which was really interesting for me because I just finished reading the Least Priv chapter in the new Solaris Internals book. I highly recommend that book! I am glad I pre-ordered it. It's nice to have some time to read it and learn new stuff. Anycase, the conference call and presentation was pretty good. When I worked at Sun, I use to support a building that had some of the Trusted Solaris engineers in it. I was always curious about how it worked, especially after seeing how different CDE was. The one thing thought was really interesting about the Trusted Extentions implementation is that the labeled environments use Zones for containment. So when you click on a labeled workspace, you are interacting with a Zone. When you pass information between labeled environments, it has to follow the rules and pass authorization requirements. Then the global zone will do the communication work, since the labeled Zones can't see eachother. Very kewl stuff. I'm looking forward to installing it to do some testing. It's unfortunate I have not been able to attend a SVOSUG meeting in person, especially now. Perhaps I'll start a OpenSolaris user group near me once I get settled in.
So anyways.. I'm back. So expect some more posts this weekend!